Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (d.1020); recto: The beginning of the Shahnama of Hakim Firdawsi; verso: last section of Baysunghuri preface

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At A Glance

  • Period

    circa 1590-1600
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 32.1 x 20.6 cm (12 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi; text: Persian in black and white nasta'liq script; recto: last section of Baysunghuri preface, one column, nineteen lines of text, ; verso: Sarlawh, text, the beginning of the Shahnama of Hakim Firdawsi, headings in white, four columns, twenty lines of text.
    Border: The text is set in gold, blue and red rulings on cream-colored paper; the sarlawh is set in gold, blue and red rulings; margins are decorated with landscape and animal motifs.
  • Inscriptions

    Recto: marginal information in another hand about endowment of the book.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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